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Female Skipper LancashireWe're real people, and this is our work.

Who's teaching what, right now?



Di is teaching our Landbased courses in Lancaster, Lytham, and The Fylde coast. She's a qualified teacher, running North's practical and theory courses. She's been teaching navigation for almost 20 years, worked on the lifeboat, been a mountaineer all her life, and sailed since she was a child.

"Autumn and winter are the right times of the year to fall in love with England, and I prefer to be walking in the hills then, saving the summer for the sea, just like most sailors do."


What do our other instructors teach?

Our instructors are happy because we work and sail together.




Jamie is our First Aid specialist but, more reassuringly, he’s a doctor and a true Boy-scout. He's been involved with the Scouts for over 25 years. We think First Aid is a difficult subject to make fun and interesting to learn but Jamie is both funny and interesting. So, if you need a new RYA FA qualification or your old one needs renewing, have a look at the timetable – if the date doesn’t suit you, contact us to go on the waiting list – he’s worth waiting for - honest.




Sue is BSL Interpreter for students accessing North’s courses who use British Sign Language or Sign Supported English. Sue is the daughter of deaf parents and has been signing all her life. She heads the entire BSL curriculum for Lancaster Adult College and is pleasure to watch signing the subject of sailing and navigation. She’s also quite good at sailing.



RYA Day Skipper Lancashire

John has a strong history aboard merchant vessels but prefers to keep it small these days. He sails on Coniston in his own boat. With a keen curiosity and acres of seamanship knowledge, John chooses to concentrate his teaching on Diesel Engine Maintenance.


Jane & John

 Lancashire RYA Day Skipper

Could this be you? Whether you are a newly qualified instructor looking to teach the shorebased scheme, or a salty old sea-dog in need of encouragement, we are now running a mentoring scheme designed to help instructors get on their feet. Get in touch with us and we'll have you teaching and earning in no time!


Di Hickman

Di has been sailing since she was 9. She survived 6 storms in one trans-Atlantic crossing, but says her delivery of 37 workshops, teaching over 700 children, Key Stage 2 Celestial Navigation, as part of Lancaster Maritime Museum's Science Week, was also a little challenging. Di teaches the practical and shorebased courses including VHF for North and the community colleges in the area. She also teaches land-based navigation for Wellbeing & Mental Health, and Personal Development and organises all the programmes for the Fylde and Lancashire coast.


If you are an RYA instructor and would like to work for North, get in touch with us through the contact us page.

The credentials and experience of all instructors, including references and teaching feedback, is thoroughly explored before and during employment through North. Instructors are listed here once their credentials have been verified*


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"Thanks again for everything - I couldn't have wished for a better teacher.  I was really worried about doing the course or rather, worried about not being able to do the course!  and you made the whole experience a positive one and a fun one." 

Cathie (Cartmel)

"First, and most important, a very big thank you again for getting me through the Day Skipper exam.  You are a really excellent teacher and I know I wouldn't have made it without you.  Do please keep in touch and let me know if you are going to run a Yachtmaster course later in the year."

John (Grange Over Sands)

"Many thanks also for all the hard work you put into our education - sometimes I know we all looked a little confused but as I mused to myself whilst walking to work the day after the exam, if that paper had been put in front of me at the outset of the course I would have got nil point! - so we came a long way in a relatively short space of time thanks to your efforts."

Martin (Bowness on Windermere)

"Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your course.  It was great fun and I think that you went at about the right speed.  Thank you very much."

Simon (Kirby Lonsdale)

"Hi , just thought i would let you know that Sarah and I have just got back from Gibraltor where we planned a passage and sailed to morrocco in a force 7 going 8 knots, wow and we ended up exactly in the right place. After numerous man overboard practices, berthing etc and buying our skipper gin and tequila we both passed and have our certificates !!Both really pleased , thanks for teaching and hope to " bump" into you in morecambe bay!"

Kathryn (Kirby Lonsdale)

"For me, my students make it worthwhile. I think teaching is so rewarding I wish everyone could experience it: a handful of learners; a subject you love; and a clear route through. It's such an immense subject, with planets and geography and maths - it just makes me feel good to teach. "

Di Hickman – Instructor